(Pittsburgh) – EPA announced yesterday that it has finalized a rule under the Clean Water Act to protect rivers and drinking water supplies from direct discharges of fracking wastewater by municipal sewage plants. EPA’s update to the Effluent Guidelines under the Clean Water Act prohibits oil and gas companies from sending wastewater from “unconventional” oil and gas operations for disposal at sewage plants (Publically Owned Treatment Works or POTWs).
After inaction by the City Council, activists are demanding health and safety studies to be conducted on oil trains in Baltimore City; analysis shows 165,000 Baltimore residents live within the potential one-mile blast zone of an oil train disaster
In an effort to roll back recently won protections for our climate and public health, the Texas Railroad Commission is calling on Texas to sue the EPA to forestall implementation of a plan to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations. The EPA approved regulations last year to require new and modified oil and gas wells to reduce methane emissions.
"The bill passed by the Senate addresses some core weaknesses of our outdated chemical safety laws - but it further restricts states, narrowing their ability to protect people from chemical health threats,"
"We're disappointed -- this legislation creates regulatory holes that leave state residents unprotected while the EPA conducts studies on a potentially hazardous chemical."
(Harrisburg) – Following the resignation announcement of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary John Quigley, Clean Water Action’s Pennsylvania Director, Myron Arnowitt issued the following statement:
BOSTON, Mass.—The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously today to ban eleven toxic flame retardants from children’s products and upholstered furniture sold or manufactured in the commonwealth. The vote was hailed by firefighters, legislators and public heath advocates as a significant victory for public health and the environment who also called on the House to pass the bill swiftly.
Today, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the first nationwide limits on methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. The new standards will reduce pollution from new and modified oil and gas wells, pumps, pipes, compressors and other fossil fuel infrastructure. The new rules are projected to cut 510,000 metric tons of methane pollution annually – the equivalent of 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, worth an estimated $690 million in climate benefits every year.
Still riding the high of their major milestone in suspending Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline project, Mass Power Forward drew 150 community leaders, advocates and organizers to the state house.
This month legislators are expected to debate an energy bill that could include provisions to finance hydropower imports, offshore wind, energy efficiency or new gas pipelines. Despite substantial risks to their customers, utilities and gas pipeline developers are advocating for a 'pipeline' tax to import fracked gas into New England.
Boston, MA-- While celebrating Earth Day at Fenway Park earlier today, Mayor Marty Walsh reiterated his commitment to moving Boston to Zero Waste over the coming years, and thanked young activists with the Boston Recycling Coalition in particular for their advocacy.
The Boston Recycling Coalition (BRC) has been working with the Walsh administration and national Zero Waste experts to launch a planning effort that will reduce waste, spur local green economic innovation and offer safe and well-paying jobs to area residents.